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November 4, 2012

Officials expect good turnout at Tuesday’s election

DANVILLE — The presidential race is expected to combine with important races locally and translate into higher-than-usual voter turnout on Tuesday.

Voters in Illinois can cast their ballots at the polls beginning at 6 a.m. on Election Day. The polls will close at 7 p.m. In Indiana, polls will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Historically, the presidential races that come every four years tend to increase the number of votes cast. Add to that two state legislative races and two local referendum questions and both city and county election officials expect nothing different this year.

“I think we’ll be higher — I feel certain compared to where we were four years ago,” said Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster. She expects just more than 65 percent of county voters to make it to the polls.

The same is expected for voters inside Danville city limits. Danville Election Commission Executive Director Barbara Dreher said the city notched 65 percent of its voters in the last presidential election year.

“We have certain voters that only vote in presidential elections,” she said. “And we’ll have those. There’s a lot of those people who vote like that for some reason.”

Figures from the county clerk’s office showed 1,168 ballots have been counted at that office as of early last week. The election commission workers reported 1,435 ballots as of early last week.

Despite the good turnout, Dreher said it could be better.

“It’s nice for this area, but paltry compared to other jurisdictions with 75-80 percent turnout,” she said.

Foster said the county hasn’t seen a record-breaking voter turnout since the 1988 or 1992 presidential elections.

Here are the contested races, as they appear on the ballot, in this year’s general election affecting Vermilion County at the local, state and federal level:

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